Drink More Water To Lose Weight
Losing weight isn't rocket science! But it is science...which may be why so many of us have so much difficulty with it. All those weights, measurements, and algorithms can make you throw up your hands and say forget it! Weight loss does not have to be an intimidating task, though. There are many small things you can do.
So let's talk about your choice of beverage. When I got married, I was running, exercising, and drinking lots of water, juice, and tea. Suddenly, however, I found myself preferring my husband's choice of drink: Coke. I'm too embarassed to say how many I was drinking in a single day! I know some people, however, who live by these. If you're one who has to have your Coke a day, you're sabotaging yourself.
Look at the nutrition facts on any can of soda. They are filled with artificial preservatives, flavorings, and loads of sugar. The average twelve ounce can of soda has almost forty grams of sugar, and one-hundred, forty calories! Let's be honest. Unless we're buying a dinner from a church group or something, we don't drink from cans half the time. The average drink available is a sixteen-ounce bottle. It's what's prevalent on shelves, in convenience stores, at restaurants, and in vending machines.
This isn't news. We all know sodas are bad for us. Even diet sodas. According to Webmd.com and Barry Popkin, PhD, head of the division of nutrition of epidemiology at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, the science simply does not seem to back up the obesity claims that now overshadow diet sodas. However, what's the point of an empty drink, except for occasional enjoyment? Sodas have absolutely no nutritional value, and so are inevitably useless.
If you drink only one can of soda a day everyday, that's an extra 3,920 calories a month. You have to burn 3,500 calories to lose one pound (told you it was scientific!). So if a healthy weight loss is three to four pounds a month, you have just wasted losing a good pound, plus, and hours of exercise, on sodas. Can you say sabotage?
Many dieters have reported losing pounds almost immediately, just by cutting out soda. It's a small wonder since you stop feeding yourself a constant diet of sugar, which is only being stored in your body. Now your body has to use what's already in it for energy, instead of the extra needless calories that come from your daily soda intake.
So what about all those juices you consume instead of soda now? It's logical to think that if you cut out the sodas, that you make a difference by drinking juices. The different varieties of juice saturates today's market. If you don't have a favorite, the quantity of choices can be quite overwhelming. But are they any better than the sodas? Well, it may surprise you that most aren't.
Fruit juices have lots of calories. Many have as much as sodas. Yes, they are better for you because, after all, the juice comes from fruit. Therefore, they do at least have nutritional value. Fruit juices, however, are loaded with calories. This alone can derail all the hard work you are doing to lose weight. You will inevitably want a sweet drink at some point in the day, and fruit juice is not a bad alternative, if you drink in moderation.
Make sure you get those juices that say they are 100% juice. Most people, in their quest for wellness, will glean the nutrition facts on the backs of juice containers. They then throw their hands up in frustration, because all the bottles show grams of sugar. Rest easy converts! All fruit juice has grams of sugar, because fruit is naturally sweet. To find whether the juice you want to purchase is free of sugar, you should read the ingredients on the bottom of your container, not the nutrition facts on the back. Dole and Simply make some of my favorite "zero added sugar" juices. Even Ocean Spray has jumped on the bandwagon and has begun to sell juice without the high fructose corn syrup.
Of course, the best alternative to all beverages is water. I know many of us don't want to hear that, but it's true. The human body is made up of over 70% water, which means it needs water to function. Throughout the day our bodies lose water through the pores in our skin, and that water has to be replaced. Fruit juice and soda is just not going to replace it.
Many people who dislike water cite their aversion as a lack of taste. Though this appears to be an excuse not to drink water rather than an actual reason, there are ways around this. Add a little Crystal Lite to your water. There are lots of flavors to choose from. Many have only five calories, but you can also choose the ones that are calorie free.
MiO is a new flavor enhancer that turns your water into a great drink. Put a few drops into your bottle, and water is drinkable again! It has zero sugar and zero calories, keeping the properties of water, but not the taste. I've tasted this myself, and it was very good. Even the Great Value (Wal-Mart) version was tasty.
Don't want to deal with sweetners or counting calories? Infuse your water. Pour your bottled water into a pitcher and drop in pieces of your favorite fruit. Allow your fruit to stay in the pitcher for the duration of the water, and you will have a naturally flavored beverage without all the extras. Squeezing a lemon or lime into your water has the same effect. Though it's not a personal favorite of mine, I've watched my mom drink lemon water time and again.
Drinking more water is the best aid for your weight loss efforts. If you drink enough, you can even lose three pounds in a couple of weeks! The standard amount of water to drink for one day is eight 8 oz glasses. But when struggling with weight, you should drink an extra 8 oz glass for every ten pounds you are overweight. Of course, whenever you add exercise or any other activity that causes your body to lose water, you must drink even more.
There are other benefits to drinking water that are also good for weight loss. First, It helps your body rid itself of toxins. Poisons built up in your body can slow or prevent weight loss. Drinking water makes sure they leave the body so there is nothing to hinder it from losing weight. Second, water aids in digestion. Quick digestion is a sign of a good metabolism. Water helps keep your metabolism moving. Third, water can actually suppress your apetite by making you feel full. Drinking a glass of water before you eat will help you feel full faster, allowing you to eat less.
The cliche says you are what you eat. The same can be said for what you drink. There are various choices for the liquid you choose to put in your body when losing weight. You should drink what you feel is the best alternative for you, but the best drink is water. Fix it up any way you need to without adding sugar or calories, but try to reach your water quota everyday. Here's to your weight loss!